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On Characters in Fiction: Eric Rosenfield makes the claim that not all good fiction has to be character-driven. Richard Brautigan would agree. And (as Eric said) so would PKD. In the Comments section on Dan Green’s post, the very first comment mentions that art is necessarily solipsistic. Is literature is limited to the perspective of the reader, or is it simply easier for the reader to assimilate?

Which reminded me of a note from Gary Sauer-Thompson about perception:

[Erwin Panofsky’s] argument is that we have differing views correlating with modern and antique uses of perspective. Perspective is a structure or schematism and in linear perspective we we are meant to believe that we are looking through [a] window into space beyond. It structured all images of reality to address a single spectator who, unlike God, could only be in one place at a time.” In other words, linear perspective eliminates the multiple viewpoints that we see in medieval art, and creates an illusion of space from a single, fixed viewpoint — and that suggests a focus on the individual viewer.

An interesting insight into perception that seems directly related to this idea of perception through the voice of the author. It would seem to me that purposely avoiding the character-driven story is both more difficult for the reader and writer, more fulfilling because it is more abstract and requires more creativity and critical thought.

Either that or I’ve had one too many drinks. I’m sure I could get all sorts of bizarre on this whole subject, but that would just be midnight tail-chasing.

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